Anti-Mus­lim views un­der­cut Trump state­ment on Pulse shoot­ing

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line are now a thing of the past,” said the state­ment. “But Log Cabin Repub­li­cans have long em­pha­sized that we are not a sin­gle-is­sue or­ga­ni­za­tion, nor are our mem­bers sin­gle-is­sue vot­ers. Even if we were, rhetoric alone re­gard­ing LGBT is­sues does not equate to doc­trine. As Mr. Trump spoke pos­i­tively about the LGBT com­mu­nity in the United States, he con­cur­rently sur­rounded him­self with se­nior ad­vi­sors with a record of op­pos­ing LGBT equal­ity, and com­mit­ted him­self to sup­port­ing leg­is­la­tion such as the so-called ‘First Amend­ment De­fense Act’ that Log Cabin Repub­li­cans op­poses.”

The group gave a “qual­i­fied” en­dorse­ment for Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Mitt Rom­ney in Oc­to­ber 2012, not­ing that, while he may not be the first choice for vot­ers with LGBT is­sues as a pri­or­ity, Rom­ney was bet­ter qual­i­fied over­all and not likely to “waste his pre­cious time” in the White House with at­tacks on the com­mu­nity.

In early Septem­ber 2008, Log Cabin’s board is­sued an en­thu­si­as­tic en­dorse­ment of Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­date John McCain, call­ing him an “in­clu­sive Repub­li­can” who bucked his own party by vot­ing against the anti-gay Fed­eral Mar­riage Act.

Mean­while, nu­mer­ous LGBT groups have en­dorsed Clin­ton: the Hu­man Rights Cam­paign, the Les­bian Po­lit­i­cal Ac­tion Com­mit­tee, the Con­gres­sional LGBT Cau­cus po­lit­i­cal ac­tion com­mit­tee, and the Na­tional Gay & Les­bian Cham­ber of Com­merce. She has also won the en­dorse­ment of sev­eral statewide LGBT po­lit­i­cal groups, in­clud­ing Equal­ity Cal­i­for­nia and Equal­ity Penn­syl­va­nia.

She has the back­ing of prom­i­nent LGBT elected of­fi­cials, such as for­mer U.S. Rep. Bar­ney Frank and five of the six cur­rent LGBT mem­bers of the U.S. House (only Kyrsten Sinema of Ari­zona has not).

The cam­paign roller­coaster

Don­ald Trump’s most pro-LGBT mo­ments in the two-year cam­paign came in re­ac­tion to the June 12 mass shoot­ing this year at an LGBT night­club called Pulse in Or­lando. He im­me­di­ately ex­pressed sym­pa­thy over the 49 lives lost and 50 peo­ple in­jured. Dur­ing his na­tion­ally tele­vised ac­cep­tance speech to the Repub­li­can Na­tional Con­ven­tion in July, he re­it­er­ated his con­cern to the GOP —a party whose plat­form has been no­to­ri­ously hos­tile to equal rights for LGBT peo­ple.

“Only weeks ago, 49 won­der­ful Amer­i­cans were sav­agely mur­dered by an Is­lamic ter­ror­ist—this tar­get­ing the LGBTQ com­mu­nity. No good, and we’re gonna stop it,” said Trump. “As your pres­i­dent, I will do ev­ery­thing in my power to pro­tect our LGBTQ ci­ti­zens from the vi­o­lence and op­pres­sion of a hate­ful, for­eign ide­ol­ogy– be­lieve me.” Then, de­part­ing the text of his speech, Trump added, “And I have to say, as a Repub­li­can, it is so nice to hear you cheer­ing for what I just had to say. Thank you.”

But for many in the LGBT com­mu­nity, Trump’s state­ment of sol­i­dar­ity with the LGBT com­mu­nity was un­der­cut by his in­sis­tence that the Or­lando mas­sacre was made pos­si­ble be­cause the U.S. al­lows Mus­lims,

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who he said want to “mur­der gays,” to im­mi­grate. Trump has called for a ban on al­low­ing Mus­lims to en­ter the coun­try (more re­cently, he’s called for “ex­treme vet­ting” of Mus­lims). Trump also con­fused and dis­mayed many by seem­ing to sig­nal ini­tial sup­port of trans­gen­der peo­ple in the North Carolina HB2 (bath­room) con­tro­versy only to say later that the is­sue should be “left to the states.” And his re­peated prom­ise to ap­point a Supreme Court nom­i­nee in the mold of An­tonin Scalia, who had the most anti-gay vot­ing record of any jus­tice on the na­tion’s high­est court, will not likely earn him any LGBT votes.

Hil­lary Clin­ton has re­peat­edly in­cluded words of sup­port for LGBT equal­ity in her stump speeches. She ad­dressed the 2015 na­tional din­ner of the Hu­man Rights Cam­paign, un­abashedly putting her­self on record —early in the pri­mary sea­son—as sup­port­ing nu­mer­ous po­si­tions fa­vored by LGBT vot­ers. Among other things, she promised, “as pres­i­dent, I would push to cut off fed­eral fund­ing for any pub­lic child wel­fare agency that dis­crim­i­nates against LGBT peo­ple.” She vis­ited Or­lando to show sol­i­dar­ity with the LGBT com­mu­nity fol­low­ing the Pulse mas­sacre.

On LGBT is­sues, she stum­bled twice: Once by say­ing that Nancy Rea­gan had helped lead pub­lic sup­port for the fight against AIDS and a sec­ond time by say­ing that Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton signed the “De­fense of Mar­riage Act” as a way to head off a con­sti­tu­tional amend­ment ban­ning mar­riage for same-sex cou­ples. In­ter­nal cam­paign emails made pub­lic by Wik­iLeaks this month show that LGBT Demo­cratic ac­tivists moved quickly to urge Clin­ton to cor­rect the record on both of those state­ments. She did cor­rect her re­mark con­cern­ing Rea­gan and apol­o­gized. She said her DOMA state­ment re­flected her rec­ol­lec­tion of “pri­vate dis­cus­sions” she par­tic­i­pated in. In one of the leaked emails, a staffer said Clin­ton would “never ap­prove a true walk­back” of the com­ment.

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